Waterwheel Route

In Abarán and on both banks of the Segura River we find the region of Murcia's foremost set of traditional norias, or waterwheels, still used today to irrigate orchards and groves of fruit trees.

These waterwheels are fed by water from two acequias, or irrigation canals - Charrara and Principal - which take the waters of the Segura upstream, at Menju.

The pedestrian route linking the waterwheels, stretching just over one kilometer, runs through a river and agricultural landscape of ethnographic interest in the heart of the Ricote Valley.

THE WATERWHEELS
The Arabs were not the inventors of the waterwheel, but they put them to greater use than any other group. A waterwheel is an efficient machine that, exploiting hydraulic energy, a renewable resource, raises water from an acequia, or irrigation canal, to a higher one, thereby increasing the area of irrigable land.

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